Sun shines on '98 day out
Around 1,000 visitors enjoyed themselves in the grounds of the 1798 Rebellion Centre at Arnold's Cross over the weekend in perfect weather. The summer sunshine was the ideal setting for the celebrations to mark the refurbishment of the centre, where a programme of free family entertainment was laid on during Saturday and Sunday.
The mood was set during the preceding weeks with roadside 'Rebellion is Coming' hoardings building up the anticipation. The rebellion finally arrived at the weekend, when history was the name of the game, complete with muskets and pikes. Local staff and enthusiasts were assisted by battle-re-enactors, who arrived from as far away as Monasterevin in Co. Kildare.
Redcoats and United Irishmen patrolled the grounds in authentic costume. Characters from the new audio-visual spectacular showing inside the centre emerged into the sunlight to tell the tales of their 18th century lives and to discuss the battle strategies which were deployed at Vinegar Hill – with the site of the battlefield clearly visible on the far side of the Slaney.
Children were invited to try their hand at learning how to make the most of the pike as weapon of close quarter destruction. Traditional music was played, while chef Rory Morohan demonstrated how to make the most plus of food foraged in the fields and ditches.